I didn’t want to bring it up but there are only 11 days until Christmas and if you are anything like myself you may have left your Christmas shopping until the last minute. Running your own business can leave you little time to prioritise gift buying and therefore more and more of us have now turned to online shopping. Online shopping gives us the benefits of shopping at unsociable hours and allows us to miss all of the fighting with the busy high street crowds. But when shopping online you must be careful or you could be left with nothing. Follow our simple tips to avoid the online scams.
1. Use your common sense
We all love a bargain but if we see an expensive product at an extremely low price don’t be so eager to buy it. Think of the saying ‘it could be too good to be true’ and it probably is. There will loads of discounts around Christmas, “you might see sensational deals for cheap products advertised on Facebook or by email. Just be sure to check out the website and satisfy yourself that it is a genuine company which won’t just take your money and run”. Try to use reputably sites that you or someone you know has dealt with. “We all love to save money, but criminals know this all too well and use our frugality as a classic scam to part us from our cash”, make sure you don’t fall victim to it.
2. Use security software
I have already mentioned that it is best to stick to well know websites, but it could also be a good idea to install antivirus software. Make sure you use a software which “includes a website checker that will give you the green light that tells you the site is secure and safe”. “Also, be wary of websites that have errors, odd domain names or a lack of contact details”. It may sound harsh but at this busy and important time of the year it is best to stick to what you know.
3. Check the returns policy
If a website is reputable it will have a detailed and fair returns policy. Many gifts we buy over Christmas may be clothing and this may at some point may need to be returned if the size is incorrect. “So before you buy, check the return period if you are buying a gift. Many retailers extend this beyond the usual 30 days over Christmas, but don’t assume they all do. Ideally, open the packaging and test out what you buy as soon as possible, rather than wait for Christmas day and find out it doesn’t work”.
For more tips and advice about staying stay when shopping online read the full article here: https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/buying-advice/security/how-stay-safe-shopping-online-3320403/